Mycerinus and his wife

Mycerinus and his wife
Mycerinus and his wife

During 2630 and 2500 B.C. The so-called IV Dynasty developed in Egypt, which encompasses some of the most powerful pharaohs of all time and also some of the best known by the general public, since some of them bequeathed us the famous pyramids of Giza such as that of Cheops, Khafre or Mycerin. It was precisely the latter who, in addition to his pyramid, ordered the erection of several statues in his honor, here we will analyze one of them: The sculpture of Menkaure and his wife. Currently, the piece is exhibited in the Boston Museum of Art since the man himself The Egyptian government donated it to him just a few years after it was found.

Egyptologists after many studies in this regard have come to the conclusion that the elaboration and construction of something as complex as a pyramid could only be carried out with a very elaborate and centralized form of government. In this sense, it does not seem strange that the pharaoh raised multiple sculptures to place them in his domain for his own pride. The sculpture of the pharaoh with his wife is one of the oldest pieces that have been found from this period and it was found at the beginning of the 20th century, specifically in 1910, when Egyptologists from Harvard University were studying the vicinity of the pyramid that bears his name.


We find ourselves before a sculptural group of larger than life size, the figures are two-thirds larger than their actual size and it is made of greywacke stone, a granite-type rock. According to the studies carried out in this regard, at the death of Menkaure the sculpture was still unfinished since only the upper part of it had the final polishing that provides a smooth surface in greywacke.

On this occasion the piece represents Menkaure and his wife, Queen Jamerernepty, at the same level, both with a majestic attitude and a slight movement when representing the forward left foot that manages to give the group a naturalness. The queen passes one arm behind the pharaoh while holding her own arm with the other, it is a gesture of protection and respect but it also ensures that both figures merge perfectly. In general, the spouses follow the same characteristics of classical Egyptian statuary: they are voluminous bodies with their faces fixed to the front, almond-shaped eyes and a straight nose. On his face you can see a great geometrization.

As a curiosity we can look at the position of his feet, although we previously pointed out that the two characters have their feet slightly forward, when we observe more precisely we can notice that the pharaoh's foot is more advanced than that of his wife, a sample of his greater power.

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